2012 STEM Graduate Summit #2

April 16, 2012
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building – Room B338

CHCI-Shell STEM Fellow Melissa OcanaOvercoming Environmental Injustice: Getting Latino Kids Outdoors
Moderated by Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Melissa Ocana

Read the White Paper: Download file 2012 STEM Graduate Summit White Paper-Melissa Ocana

Many Latino children face barriers to outdoor activity resulting in a disservice to the Latino community.  Outdoor activity promotes critical-thinking skills, academic improvements, and formative experiences that can create interest in the sciences and stewardship of the local environment.  Given the lack of Latino representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, we should consider promotion of outdoor activity and education as another means to increasing STEM engagement.

Join CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Melissa Ocana as she leads a discussion on ways to promote outdoor activity among Latino youth, including existing legislative, nonprofit, and federal agency programs.

Opening Remarks:   Rowan Gould – Deputy Director for Operations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Lisa Garcia – Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Laura Hickey – Senior Director of Eco-Schools USA and Global Warming Education, National Wildlife Federation
  • Jackie Ostfeld – Chair of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids and National Youth Representative of Building Bridges to the Outdoors, Sierra Club
  • Roger Rivera - President and Founder, National Hispanic Environmental Council


The 2012 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.